L-3, GE Sign KC-10 Agreement

By Tish Drake | November 30, 2007
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L-3 Communications Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) subsidiary signed a teaming agreement with GE Aviation for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 Aircraft Extension Program (AEP). Financial terms were not disclosed. The KC-10 AEP modification program will include enhancements to the flight deck communication, navigation and surveillance systems, which are all designed to increase aircraft survivability, reliability and net-centric operational capabilities. L-3 said it will provide systems engineering, aircraft design, A-kit design and modification, aircraft systems integration and aircraft certification work; GE will provide integrated modular avionics for the core processing system, avionics integration including avionic sub-systems and systems integration support to the L-3 aircraft integration. The team will submit an integrated total solution to replace aging and obsolete avionics and communications equipment, including inertial navigation, central air data computer, weather radar, autopilot, flight and engine instruments and displays, radios, cockpit voice and flight data recorders, fuel system gauges, refueling system electronics and flight engineer station controls and instruments.

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